Discrete and with Diligence
GLG Litigation is a boutique law firm with an international reputation for "Out of the Box" solutions in complex matters. It specializes in legal aspects of gaming with an extra focus on tax, administrative and licensing law. The law firm is based in the Sugar Silos in Halfweg, the Netherlands. The firm operates in a discrete and dedicated fashion and is assisted in this by an independently managed compliance department. Always on the lookout for alternate solutions for litigation, the risk of costly litigation procedures is brought to a minimum.
Bas Jongmans, Esq.
After working as a corporate lawyer on the Amsterdam "Zuidas" for many years, Bas Jongmans became internationally known for winning various essential procedures to the gaming industry, including a trial procedure on the Netherlands gambling tax in which this tax was declared in violation of the Human Rights Convention. In another procedure, it was achieved that the Dutch government had to issue a license to an international trader in binary options, which case became a matter of international interest as well.
Bas specializes in gaming law, international taxation and artificial intelligence. As official annotator, Bas annotates legislative proposals and rulings of the administrative courts in the Netherlands. Bas is a regular guest on Dutch Business Radio.
Bas has registered the following principal (and secondary) legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister): (1) Administrative Law; (1a) Administrative Procedural Law; (1b) European law; and (1c) Enforcement Law. Based on this registration, Bas is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.
GLG wins ECHR case against the Netherlands over Gaming Tax Operator awarded € 1,4 mln. in damages
On 5 November 2021, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled in a case brought against the Netherlands by an operator of gaming machines, the company Wetsteijn in Dordrecht. The Supreme Court confirmed the judgment of the Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal of 3 December 2019 that the gaming tax introduced in 2008 on turnovers from gaming machines affected the Wetsteijn company excessively and thereby infringed the right to the undisturbed enjoyment of property as protected by the First Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights. Citizens and businesses often invoke this treaty provision. However, it is the first time that an appeal in a tax case has led to substantial compensation. The groundbreaking ruling of the Supreme Court also offers the prospect of compensation for other operators, who have been litigating for years. The decision of the Supreme Court is final and there are no further legal remedies available.
Gaming Legal Group
According to the plans of the Netherlands government, new legislation that should allow online gambling in the Netherlands, should enter into force in July, 2021. This timeline is not realistic. Predictions for the future are bleak.
Dead on Arrival
The Dutch are preparing to launch their market for online gaming. It is not a pretty picture.
Samantha Andriesse, Esq.
Samantha studied Communications and Civil Law in Amsterdam. After finishing these two studies, she worked with a boutique law firm that specializes in corporate litigation.
After this experience she further specialized in International Equine law. Samantha joined GLG Litigation in 2018.
Samantha has registered the following principal (and secondary) legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister): (1) Administrative Law; (1a) Administrative Procedural Law; (1b) European law; and (1c) Enforcement Law. Based on this registration, Samantha is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.
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